[CF Devotionals.org 2009-02-01 - The Holy Spirit

Part 5

The Holy Spirit in the New Testament – Prior to Pentecost: There are four areas we can examine when discussing the Holy Spirit in the New Testament. They are prior to Pentecost, Pentecost, The Church, and His future work after the Rapture. First, I want to consider the role of the Holy Spirit prior to Pentecost. Here we will see what Jesus said about the Holy Spirit prior to Pentecost.

First, of course, we see the Holy Spirit’s involvement with Christ’s baptism. “As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment Heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from Heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him, I am well pleased.”” (Matthew 3:16-17).

Next, we see that the Holy Spirit was the One who led and taught Jesus in His ministry. “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed,” … “For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit” (Luke 4:18; John 3:34).

Jesus talked about the role of the Holy Spirit in His involvement with His and His disciples’ ministry and work. For example, salvation is due to the work of the Holy Spirit. “Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit” (John 3:5-6).

The Holy Spirit would be involved in the work of the disciples. “Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit” (Mark 13:11).

Jesus taught that baptism was to be carried out in the name of the Triune God. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).

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